Students & Families | Pay for College

Delawaregoestocollege_Pay_for_College_01In the Pay for College section, you can find financial aid resources to help off-set the cost of a college education.

To receive financial aid, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year you attend college. And though you always want to pursue grants and scholarships before taking out a student loan, you need to keep all your options open while you wait.

In this section, we’ll guide you through the steps you’ll need to take to pay for college.

Step 1: Fill out the FAFSA. To be considered for federal student aid for the 2018-2019 award year, you can start to complete the FAFSA on October 1, 2017. Parents: See the Department of Education’s Parent’s Guide to Completing the FAFSA from Start to Finish.

Step 2: Look into State Aid, including Delaware-sponsored programs.

Step 3: Apply for scholarships. You’ll find lots of resources in the Scholarship Compendium and Other Aid section, including scholarship opportunities specific to your expected program of study and much more!

Step 4: Find a low-interest student loan.

Educate yourself about programs and resources available to help you pay for college.